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denination has grieved me, and I confess frankly to
you that I have not writien a verse for four days, nor
looked at my work........My courage has now^
however, "been revived, and I find myself in the true
position which I may follow.......It is my firm
intention to collect as severe criticisms as possible,
Before my work is completed, without, however, giving
up my independent judgment. I have no want of
industry and perseverance, but when I perceive the
impossibility of doing more, I shall declare it to be
finished. JFor what else can I do ? This work occu-
pies me much, and I have never felt such interest in
He wrought a long time at the alterations of the
work before he declared it to be finished.
At this period Humboldt left Jena and his poet-
friends. Schiller parted with him more easily now
than he would at any other time have done, as his
intimacy with Goethe was now at its height, and he
therefore missed his friend less. But for Humboldt
the separation must have been more painful, for he
had in the previous August, "when speaking of bis
journey, declared that he could nowhere3 wherever he
might live, find a compensation for this friendship;
he subsequently writes, that he knows not how much
he would give if his friend could accompany him ; and
after Schiller's untimely death, he wrote to Wolf that
he had spent his most intellectually fruitful years in
intercourse with Schiller,
From Jena, which Humboldt, with his family, left
the end of April, 1797, they proceeded to Halle,
where William remained -some days, that he might
settle many disputed questions concerning his ce Aga-
memnon/* in personal conversation with Wolf, and
then hastened to Berlin, where, after the death of Ms
mother, he had to arrange his affairs, with a view to
Ľa lengthened absence. Alexander met him there, and
in. order to be able to defray the expenses of the great
journey he had planned, sold the estate of Ringewalde,